The authorities established that the criminals used firearms to intimidate their victims and dislodge them from their vehicle.
The authorities established that the criminals used firearms to intimidate their victims and dislodge them from their vehicle.

The members of a criminal gang dedicated to theft in Bogotá were sent to jail, which was dismantled, according to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation.

According to the accusing body, in an action led by the Bogota Section of the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation and supported by the Sijin of the National Police, they were captured and prosecuted. José Andrés González Sandoval, Jhoan Sebastián Rivera Muñoz and Juan Sebastián Torres.

The subjects in question would be the presumed members of the outlaw organization known as ‘Los McClain’, a criminal network specially dedicated to stealing motorcycles in various locations in the country’s capital.

Thanks to the investigations carried out by members of the Attorney General’s Office, these subjects would be responsible for the theft of a significant number of motorcycles. The localities in which the crime was most committed, as established by the investigative body, are Antonio Nariño, Rafael Uribe Uribe and Usme in the south of Bogota.

Likewise, it was possible to establish the modus operandi of the criminal gang that had already been dismantled. These criminals approached the victims and used firearms or white weapons to threaten the motorcyclists with death.

Subsequently, they stripped the citizens of their motorcycles, when they were already very fearful for their lives and preferred not to resist the theft.

The thieves denied their responsibility in the facts for which they are pointed out

After the investigations carried out by units of the Attorney General’s Office, the respective search and raid procedures were carried out in the houses where the members of the criminal gang ‘Los McClain’ were located.

During these proceedings carried out by the judicial police, the authorities obtained the seizure of two motorcycles for confiscation purposes.

According to what the authorities established, these motorcycles were apparently the ones the members used to travel to the towns in Bogotá mentioned in this note and commit the robberies.

Due to the facts in question, the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation charged the defendants as allegedly responsible for the crimes of qualified and aggravated theft in competition with concert to commit aggravated crime.

Despite the probative material presented by the accusing body, the alleged members of the criminal gang did not accept the charges, that is, they denied their responsibility in the facts investigated by the authorities of the country’s capital.

At the request of the Prosecutor’s Office, a guarantee control judge ordered that the accused be deprived of their liberty in a prison.

Bogota citizens have felt more insecure in 2022, according to the results of the Bogotá Perception and Victimization Survey (EPV) carried out by the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

Compared with the figures obtained a year ago in the same study, citizen perception of insecurity decreased by eleven percentage points, after reaching a low in the post-pandemic year. 88% in this same survey and during the year in which the social outbreak took place due to the national strike derived from the protests over the tax reform promoted by the former Minister of Finance Alberto Carrasquilla in the government of Iván Duque Márquez.

Although the city is going through moments of uncertainty due to the harassment of women in TransMilenio, the motorcycle thieves and alleged houses of pique that would be operating in the town of Chapinero, the study identified the most insecure places in the capital and the circumstances in which the People don’t feel safe on the street.

Chapinero (57%), Teusaquillo (55%) and La Candelaria (50%) These are the locations that people consider to be the safest.

Regarding the perception of insecurity in the city, discriminated by the localities where it has increased the most, the following stand out: Engativá (84%), Antonio Nariño (82%), San Cristóbal (80%) and Puente Aranda (80%).

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